August 9: 22 Arrested in Connection With Helping Sinaloa Cartel Smuggle Drugs to L.A., Other Cities Across Country

Twenty-two people were arrested on federal drug trafficking charges involving the notorious Sinaloa Cartel, as raids were conducted throughout Southern California Wednesday,  officials said.

The raids were a culmination of a three-year long investigation into three trafficking organizations who helped transport “bulk quantities of drugs” from Mexico to the Los Angeles area and other cities throughout the U.S., said Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s L.A. field office.

Twenty people were arrested Wednesday, while two were already in custody. The task force is still looking for eight fugitives, including top level Mexico-based traffickers, officials said. A total of 57 people were indicted in connection with the investigation.